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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UTHBRIDGE HERAID Tinidoy, March 7, 1972 Joseph Kraft. Job for planners Conservationists arc taking the slant! liiat the Lake Louise recreational development in Banff National Park is like an iceberg only a small portion of the total mass is showing. 'Hie stand is Doing taken because the proposal is not fully covered under the federal government's Na- tional Parks Policy, or the National Parks Art. Village Lake Louise is to be built in three phases over a nine-year period (o accommodate more than sum- mer and winter vacationers. Fore- casts indicate an increase in yearly winter, overnight visitor stays of in 1980 from during the current year. The development is to be 50 per cent owned by Imperial Oil Ltd., which in turn is 69 per cent con- trolled by Standard Oil of New Jer- sey. Conservationists started campaign- ing against Village Lake Louise with the argument concerning the pos- sible harmful effect the development might have on the ecology of the area. A strong current of Canadian nationalism and anti Americanism became a part, of the argument. The assumption is that no thinking Cana- dian would ever want American cap- ital to develop a Canadian national park. In 1966 Hie member Alberta Fish and Game Association and sev- eral conservation groups in the prov- ince successfully fought against a proposal by a group of Calgary inisi- jiessmen to bring the Oylmpics 1972 to Banff. There is now considerable fear that if Village Lake Louise is allowed to go ahead, it will only mean the reopening of the door to the Olympics. Once the precedent is set the con- cept may well be allowed lo spread unchallenged to other parks in the country. It should be remembered, however, (he Village Lake Louise site at pre- sent is in a scruffy, eye sore condi- tion. A renewal of the area and a move away from the lake front would certainly enhance the ecology of the Lake Louise area. The National and Provincial Parks Association Canada is one of the strongest opponents of Ihe Lake Lou- ise project. It objects to the proposal and the hordes of "well heeled tour- ists" that will follow. Yet, by meeting with the Committee for an Inde- pendent Canada, over a possible in- junction should the project be ap- proved, has the association not done a disservice to its membership? Is Ihis not a job for the planners, and not economic nationalists? The issue is justice Full citizenship is a goal that con- tinues to elude the blacks in the Uni- ted States. At present the biggest is- sue in the U.S. is that of busing children to schools which is funda- mentally a racial matter. Integration in schools became a national requirement after the his- toric ruling by the Supreme Court in 1954 that segregation was unconstitu- tional. Recognition that the spirit of this ruling was being defeated through patterns of all-white and all- black communities, integration was more recently ordered by the courts through the means of busing children tn and out of the areas. Parents mainly whites are objecting to having their children con- veyed long distances to what they consider to be inferior schools. Al- though the arguments appear sincere on the surface, it looks very much like prejudice is at the root of the objections especially since the blacks are conspicuous by their non- participation in the protesting. A move is being made to get an amendment to the Constitution pro- hibiting "forced busing" of children. Such an amendment would clearly shrink the civil and educational rights of black Americans. The outcome of the current debate on busing will thus have fateful consequences for the United States. The most outstanding leadership given in the nation to date has come from the governor of the southern state of Florida. Governor Reubin Askew is concerned about the future of his country. "Our country can't stay together unless we learn to live he says. Recognizing that busing is an artificial and inadequate instrument he nevertheless contends that it must continue simply because it is the only way to prevent a re- turn of segregated schools. In a speech made recently, the governor said it would be only for minority children but for al! the nation turned back now from the real progress that, has been made in putting behind it the divisive and self defeating issue of race. The prospect of children being forced to grow up in a world of continuing ra- cial hatred and discord and vio- lence is not something to be lightly entertained. What may appear to be chiefly a problem of transportation is really a problem of justice. Governor Askew believes justice is of paramount im- portance. It is to be hoped that he will not be the only voice to be heard in this vein and that the ugly busi- ness of racism can continue to be overcome. Think shrink EN'S LIB to (he contrary, the big- gest revolution of our titr.e and it's just getting up a head of steam is the Little Revolution, That is, the re- volution that will reverse the principle of growth that has dominated men's thought and action for the past thousand years. The revolution is dictated by the Earth's finite resources of fossil fuels, min- erals, breathable air and the sanity that Ls dependent on having a few trees be- tween us and the nit with the transistor radio. As one who has been anti-growth for come years, (I am five foot nine three- quarters and 1 invite you to speculate with me on what sort o( training we must give tho businessmen, the engi- neer, the adman, tho teacher in fact just about everybody except the hippies who are the vanguard of the march on tha Bastille of sake. We BhaU have (o: Re-train the business executives to think small. Teach the engineer to keep the pro- duction Una slowed down. School the teacher to convey to his cla-sses Ihe m.ilchmatical concept that mul- tiplication h morally wrong, that to adri Is human, to subtract divine, ond happi' cess is a square root. Burn all Industrial and economic graphs drawn to show (a) increased pro- duction, (b) greater volume of sales, (c) higher gross national anything. Develop a non-pollutant tumbril, to ba loaded with the aristocrats of the age ri'or of Growth the head of General Motors, every politician over .10, the entire interna- tional membership rtf Ihe Jaycees and wheel Ihe tumbril (n the improved guillo- tine that will recycle them as place mats. Outlaw football, basketball, and other spectator sports that glorify the oversized. midgels, and the games midgets play (Run-under-thc-hurdles, miniature golf, etc) Educate the architect in the profes- sional discipline of building groundscrap- ers, low-rises and the rase covered cottage. Any architect who prepares plans for a ce- real box higher than six stories is stripped of his beard and measuring and is put to work designing grottoes for goldfish. Arrange to have the Automobile As- sociation ploughed under, and we shall boat out blacktop macliines Into bird- houses. Have the government take over adver- tising, commissioning the adman to write commercials for the things that cannot ha bought and that belong to everyone. De- light in a fresh, evening breeze. The srr.ile of a wanted child. The smell of Ihc human body that no longer needs lasting protec- tion against nervous perspiration because there are fewer things to get nervous about. Surh are a feu- of t.ho passiiite skir- mishes rf Litl.ln devolution. I hope ymj M-ill agree, that the Little Revolution is the. biggest thing since the Industrial Revolu- tion, the Hcformaticm and the invention of chewing gum all rolled into one. Why not be tho first in your block to form a revolutionary cell? Remember, no bucking for a larger membership. There's nothing urong v.ilh a one-man cell, so Ions; as we got enough of him to make it us, Think shrink. China today presents contradictions CHANUHAl Now ttiat the frenzy ot llio President's visit is over, it is possible for those of us staying behind in China to toko some hearings. And first off, d word needs to be said about Hie New Maoibt Man supposedly brought forth in this country during the past two decades. No doubt great change has taken place, and of a'moral as well as material kind. Still tile past ten days have pro- vided abundant evidence that ordinary non-Maoist man is alive and well in China, and has a shot at inheriting the fu- ture. Probably the most striking sign oE change lies in (he rcb- live absence of vice. Drug ad- diction, prostitution and gam- bling uo longer part of (ho China scene even lime in Shanghai which used to be ono of the world's lushest spots. Neither is Ihpre any of tho rampant drunkenness 'found in most countries, including the Soviet Union these days, which ore undergoing a rough indus- trialization process. Nor arc beggars, so pathetic in many countries, to b o seen in China. A little thievery does go on. But only in the odd case of a car left unlocked or a purse left unwatched. Nobody bothers to secure bicycles, and doors are left open n Inie freedom de- nial to most parts of the United States. Rough oqiuility governs in- conic and consumption. In a Peking auto plant I visited, pay for the workers ranged from roughly to roughly month. Tho top executives only made about per month. Wilh a little saving, most any- body can afford what seems In be the main status symbol a bicycle, which goes for about Lastly in the cata'ogue of tho new, there are abundant exam- ples of joint effort by millions of persons for social pcrposes. When it snowed one day during President's Nixon visit to Pe- king, something like a million men, women and children were mobilized with shovels ar.d brooms lo clear Ihc streets. The new airport al Ilangchow was built over a two-month period by the effort of the Hut the emphasis on human labor out of necessity, not de- votion lo Uie thoughts of Mao. When- machines are available, no little red book is going to keep them out of the factory: Indeed, at the jeep faclory 1 visited in Peking, tile m a n- agers kept pointing lo ma- chines some of them made in Japan and Ka'y whenever I asked for examples of improv- ing production through tho thoughts of Mao. As long as the managers get the machines, in other words, they are wilt- ing to give the credit to Mao. But the central fact is that they want the machines. Despile years of Maoist preaching on the evils of ijitel- leetnalism, furthermore, the elite of this countiy retain so- mm mm "Sir, there's a genilcman fo see you. He wants to Jinowj if you would be interested in buying ol Helaa R. phisticatcd tastes for tilings o( the mind. A book of criticism on two poets from the Tang Dy- nasty, over a thousands years ago, sold out when it appear- edin Peking recently. Tho revolutionary ballets, pa- tronized by such extreme radi- cals as Madame Mao, preserve classic form. For art's sake, fighls which should be fought with rifles and machine-guns are waged on stage with swords and halberds. Even foreigners who don't speak Clu'nese, wliich is my case, can hear the whispers o( discontent with the thought con- trol that is part of the present regime. I have already met one man who wanted to know about Mark Twain and another who asked how Toscanini conducted. When Ihe Chinese. Solzhenitsyn begins to write, he mil he work- ing with a popular tradition of respect for intellectual achieve, not as in Russia, with a nation of hard hats. As a final reason for skepti- cism about new Maoist Man, there is a disunity at Iho top in China. Despite the extraordi- nary prestige of being that rare tiling in history, a successful revolutionary, Cliairman Mao has had to fight for his views every step of the way. Notable absences in the re- ceptions given for Prcidcnt Niv- on in Peking, and in Hang- chow and in Shanghai, sltow (hat the fight still goes on. And it is apt to wax in intensity, for the present leadership is ag- ing and (here seems no obvious group of successors. What all this means Is that the pattern of life in China re- mains uncertain and fluid. No outsider can even be very sure which are the good guys and which are Ihe bad guys. Many features of Chinese life are probably temporary arrange- ments enforced by special con- ditions. So it seems early days to be proclaiming a New Ma- oist Alan with a Protestant ethic for China. (Hclcl Enterprises, Inc.) DaIH> Humphreys Israelis unenthusiastic over 'proximity talks' Two stark realities in the present un- easy peace along Israel's front- iers become crystal clear dur- ing a tour of Uie areas. Ono is that the Israelis not toler- ate any regular harassment by guerrillas of their citizens living in either the occupied territor- ies or the border areas of the state of Israel The other is that tho Israelis have no intention of giving back the occupied terri- tories. These facts for the Israelis make no bones about them must bo remembered as basic to the attempts now being made to revive various peace initiatives for the re- gion. I toured the occupied terri- tories of North Galilee before the foiuxlay operation by Israeli forces against guerrilla posts in southern Lebanon. The Israeli's message is simple. Guerrillas shell civilian settlements from time to time with the active or passive support of Arab govern- ments. As the guide said: "Our boys have to go over nnd teach them a lesson." For every shell shot into Israeli territory, five would be returned to the area they came from. That has proved to he an un- derstatement.. Tanks, armor, infantry and bombers havo been in action against guer- rilla targets in a concentration in southern Lebanon the Is- raelis refer to as ''FalhalanuY' They estimate enemy losses at 50 to 60 killed and about 100 wounded. Thus guerilla activity and the controversy of retaliation in spades remain as a major, if not the major, obstacle to peace talks between Jerusalem and the Arab governments. Development in the occupied territories is even more con- troversial. Tho drive through tiie Golan Heights now includes signs of Israeli permanency as well as the relics of the Six-Day War. An army-affiliated kib- butz, supported by miles of ir- rigation lines and newly-drilled water wells, is now more signi- ficant than tho old Syrian army camps and the wrecked rian tanks. Defence Minister Moshe Day- an has said: "We settle where we intend to stay." Clearly this includes the rim of tho Golan. "Never again are we going to allow our people to bo shelled from these as the guide said. In all, settlements have been established in occupied territory, including 11 in the Golan Heights, eight in the Jor- dan valley and four along the West Bank near Jerusa'ern. Some arc intended to be perma- nent, even if a condition of kib- butz establishment in the occu- pied area is Hint residents must move when requested by tho government. Land returnee! as part of a settlement would include the Golan area beyond (he rim, in- cluding the former Syrian army headquarters at Kuneitra. This is the area patrolled on both sides by 20 Canadians in tha UN observer team. IE also could include the banks of the Suez Canal but not the troublesome Gaza Strip. Israeli settlement is only one side of the coin. The other is a determined effort to cultivate relations with the Arabs. Israeli propaganda says low-interest loans are being made available to Arabs for agricultural im- provements. Arab production in some areas is up by 40 per cent. Social services are being extended. In agriculture there i s clef in ite visual evid encc, though it is difficult to distin- guish what is Arab from what is Jewish during a brief visit. On the surface the Arab popu- lations appear lo be calm and friendly. The occupied territor- ies are controlled without any obvious heavy presence of eith- er arms or troops. Tliis too may he significant to the Israeli scheme of things, For years, an official source here explained, the Arabs had been I a tight. Israelis were n Letter to the editor Deplores example of 'scholastic rubbish' In Ins article Process or product of March 2, iUr. Burke makes a plea for more "scholastic input" in .schools in tho form of "intellectual achievement, and Ho suggests that it ma> be time to "re-discover the past'' as a way of emerging from tho "educational swamp which now surrounds onr schools." I sus- pect that a part at least of the "educational swamp" is composed of a decay ing ability on the part of students to write effectively, conercn1] y, consis- tently and logically. Such being Ihe case, if Mr. Burke were to submit his flrfjclo to me for marking in, say, a high school T wouM award him a. mark of His article is exemplary of "how not (o write." It is full of inconsistencies in fact, biala nt cont radlcli ons pos- sesses no logic, and is at best barely coherent. Space permits that I deal wilh only the most obvious er- rors. Mr. FSurkc argues that product of a school system ought to a young nvao or woman possessing a Ixxiy of knowledge (presumably any iHxJy of knowledge will a number of .skills (again, any skills and no particular num- a certain maturity, a sense of responsibility TIio Jailer two, maturity and re- sponsibility, imply Uie develop- ment of emotions, social con- sciousness, and moral values. And yet Mr. Rurke argues in another paragraph that wheth- er or not the child is "emo- tionally ready to go on'' is 1Lnono of the school's damn business1." An intellectual sophisticate who is a chifd emotionally is not mature and most probably oonW not act responsibly. Tf Iho school is to turn out the ''prod- uct" Mr. Burke soys it ought to, then the school must help the child develop emotionally. Mr. Burke further contends that "society reeds young men and women with knowledge, skills, and a willingness to con- tribute to their own mid the general good.11 But just para graphs be fore this ho levels the accusation (hat "too often, tea chers a re frained to teach in terms of emotional and social development. vSocial development! That is the very thi ng IV fr. Burko wants; and yet at the pa mo time deplores. I have made no mention of the many "mm secjuiturs1' (con- clusions which do not follow from their premises) with which the article is fraught; nor of Mr. Burke's reliance upon emolional (pardon the term) language. Surely Mr. Burke is suffi- ciently educated and expe- rienced in flic field of writing in know better fhan to pawn off such piece of "scholastic" rub- bish. Or perhaps ho was pre- ficnting hi.s article as evidence of Ihe kinds of horrors to bo found in the "educational swamp" he mentions. If the lat- ter is the case, he is correct in ono thing, we do have need to be concerned; in fact, to be ter- rified. GREGORY L. HALES, LetJibrtrige. bunch of gangsters. Every op- portunity was now being taken to disprove this among the mil- lion Arabs living under Israeli rule. "It will take years, of course, but we thi nk we c an prove the reality of co-exist- ence with tho Arabs here and build from this a nucleus for peace." Word was also getting back to the Arab countries by means of visits to relatives. This experiment was one of two great sources for Israeli opti- mism. The other was the posed change in altitude among Egyptians since Hie death oE Nasser. All pretence to leader- ship of the Arab world was gone. The Soviet Union prc- preferred to deal separately with each country'. And the day was approaching when it might be possible for Israel to do so. All options are being kept open for talks, including a re- vived peace mission by Dr. Gimnar Jarring. The Swedish diplomat's peacemaking found- ered last February on his re- quest that Israel withdraw from the occupied territories a s a condition for peace talks. Dr. Jarring left Jerusalem recently, soon after his first visit since the breakdown. Tho retaliation aids against the ter- rorists may not have been al- together coincidence. Th o y served as a useful demonstra- tion of Israel's determination. As Jio left, Dr. Jarring said Looking THROUGH THE HERALD 1922 Public Health Nurse Crcrlnirlo Halpcnny, returned today from M a n y b c r r i e st where sho addressed a well at- tended meeting of citizens who are interested in obtaining the services of a district health nurse. Cream look another jump in price Monday, Table cream in Lethbridge is now fetching 17 cents, special grado J6 cents, number one 14 cents, number two 11 cents, and off grade six cents. ini2 Hopes of completely motorizing Ixthbridge's street the mission Ls not dead. But that is only true in a non-tech- nical sense if he can make pro- gress taking into account the realities on the ground which were again impressed upon him. The Israelis are unenthusias- tic about a suggestion for so- called proximity talks, wi t h each side taking up rooms in a New York hotel and Ameri- can diplomats acting as hops for them. "We feel that we could get more progress if we coulrl talk directly to tha Arabs, which we are ready to do at any place and wilh no conditions on either a government'source said. Concessions obviously would havo to be made, the source said. Withdrawal from, the banks of Uie Suez can be accepted in principle but only if Egyptian military forces were pulled back from the east bank, of the canal, And so it goes far Into tha night, with a string of ifs and huts which so far have added np fo a formidable obstacle to a formidable settlement. Tho end is what they call here "se- cure and recognized which moans permanent Israeli occupation of some territory which before Hie Six-Day War was in Egyptian, Jondanian or Syrian conlrol. (Written HrraTd and The Observer In Loncloa> backward railway system mounted today following receipt of advice this week that the cily's sixlli bus had arrived in Toronto and way being finished. 1952 Three new cases of scarlet fever were reported by Ihe city health department this morning, (lie first such cases lo be reported this nionth, 1QR2 Three charges of ex- plosives pitched a 300-ton steel lower into Kootenay Lake to- day, creating an area-wide power failure which may leave ROD to men out of work for weeks. The blast was de- scribed by owners as "indus- trial The LetUbridge Herald 501 7th St. Lelhbridgc, Alhcrta LETHR1UDGE HERALD r.O. Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1951, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clasi Man Registration No. 001? Member ot The Canadian and fhe Canadian Daily Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureaj of tlrculaliom Ct.EO W. Erliror nnd Publisher THOMAS K ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Vi n aging Editor Associate Ed if or ROY P MILES DOUGLAS K, WALKED Advertising Manager fcdironal Page Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH" ;